Decorated with the Tamgha-i-Basalat and Hilal-i-Imtiaz for his military services, Lieutenant General Asim Saleem Bajwa is serving three-star general, who is currently Commander of Southern Command of Pakistan Army and XII Corps since September 2017. He previously held the post of Director General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces. On December 11th 2016, he was appointed Inspector General Arms at GHQ.
He was commissioned in the 34th Punjab Regiment in 1984, at the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) in Kakul. He graduated from the Command and Staff College in Quetta, as well as the National Defence University (NDU) in Islamabad, followed by the Staff College, Camberley. He holds master's degrees in war studies and defence studies from the NDU and King's College London respectively.
During his military career, General Bajwa has served on multiple instructional and command-level posts, such as leading an anti-tank battalion, the 111th Infantry Brigade, and an infantry division. He was a brigade major at an infantry brigade and served as Chief of Staff at a strike Corps. He instructed courses at PMA Kakul and the Command and Staff College, Quetta, and was a deputy military secretary to the President of Pakistan.
General Asim Bajwa assisted General Pervez Musharraf in compiling his book In the Line of Fire. In December 2010, he was promoted to the rank of a major-general. On 4 June 2012, Asim Bajwa was appointed as the director-general of the ISPR. On 22 September, 2015 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant General.
Lt Gen Asim Salim Bajwa, was appointed Inspector General Arms (IG Arms) at GHQ on 11th December 2016 until 28th of September 2017. Then he was appointed commander, Southern Command of Pakistan Army.
A member of the Bajwa clan, Asim Bajwa is married and has three children. His hobbies include reading and playing golf.